Executive Briefings

Europe's Short Sea Shipping Network Could Teach U.S. Quite a Lot

With all the years of studies and analyses showing the benefits of short sea shipping on America's 96,000 miles of coastline and 22,000 miles of inland waterways, there is still no federal policy on development of America's Marine Highway. In fact, the Administration has tabled discussions about maritime initiatives until 2017, which essentially means maritime policies will wait until the next administration takes office.

Europe's Short Sea Shipping Network Could Teach U.S. Quite a Lot

The U.S. does not have an effective maritime policy beyond general rulemaking for its Exclusive Economic Zone. Recently, the Department of Transportation was awarded an additional $1.4bn to its $98.5bn budget for 2013. The Obama Administration provided an additional $492bn over five years (2014-2018) for planes, trucks and rail. Unfortunately, when it came to shipping, the Administration gave the Maritime Administration a paltry $433m for its 2013 budget.

The European short sea shipping network has been an enormous catalyst in building the world's most efficient and environmentally friendly transportation infrastructure over the last two decades. The vision and foresight - not to mention the political will it took to move the project forward - was unprecedented, and the commitment of stakeholders from across the EU countries will provide benefits for generations to come.

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Keywords: transportation management, international trade, U.S. Inland Waterways, U.S. Maritime Highway

The U.S. does not have an effective maritime policy beyond general rulemaking for its Exclusive Economic Zone. Recently, the Department of Transportation was awarded an additional $1.4bn to its $98.5bn budget for 2013. The Obama Administration provided an additional $492bn over five years (2014-2018) for planes, trucks and rail. Unfortunately, when it came to shipping, the Administration gave the Maritime Administration a paltry $433m for its 2013 budget.

The European short sea shipping network has been an enormous catalyst in building the world's most efficient and environmentally friendly transportation infrastructure over the last two decades. The vision and foresight - not to mention the political will it took to move the project forward - was unprecedented, and the commitment of stakeholders from across the EU countries will provide benefits for generations to come.

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Keywords: transportation management, international trade, U.S. Inland Waterways, U.S. Maritime Highway

Europe's Short Sea Shipping Network Could Teach U.S. Quite a Lot